Backyard Composting

Backyard composting reduces climate changing emissions and returns much needed carbon back into the earth for healthy soil, trees and plants.

The City of St. John’s, in partnership with MUN Botanical Garden and the MMSB, offer a free backyard composting information course both in-person and online.  

2022 In-person compost sessions (no registration required):

MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road

Wednesday, June 8 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 7 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10 – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Kenmount Terrace Community Centre, 85 Messenger Drive

Tuesday, Sept. 20 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Southlands Community Centre, 40 Teakwood Drive

Monday, Oct. 3  – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 1 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The online course is available 24/7/365 and can be completed at a time that is convenient for you on the MUN Botanical Garden compost website.

For residents of St. John’s only, once the course is completed, a compost bin can be purchased at a discounted price.

Steps to purchase a compost bin:

  1. Complete the online information session or an in-person session.
  2. Email a copy of your Certificate of Completion (given or emailed to you when the course is completed) along with your house number and street name.
  3. Once a Case ID is provided by Curbit, choose the bin type you prefer and pay by calling Access St. John’s at 311 (credit card only) or visit at City Hall (credit, cash or debit) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday:

Standard Bin      $50 taxes included

Tumbler Bin        $75 taxes included


Allow 7-10 business days for no-cost delivery to your address.

What Goes In


Loose Tea, Coffee Grounds, & Coffee Filters

Loose tea and coffee can be added. *Tea bags should only be added if the bag is made of a natural fibre such as cotton or hemp.

Vegetable Peelings

Used paper napkins and paper towels

What Stays Out


This item should not be added as it will attract pests and rodents.

Dairy Products

This item should not be added as it will attract pests and rodents.

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